Teacher absenteeism is becoming a problem at NY public schools

09.21.17 | Traci Lynn Woolsey

Recent stats from the Thomas Fordham Institute show 30% of New York state public school teachers missed more than 10 days of work compared to 7% of charter school teachers.

The study links unions to the higher days of missed work in historic public schools. Teachers can collectively bargain for benefits, including sick time.

Union spokesman Carl Korn says it's more likely that charter schools teachers are younger and have fewer family responsibilities than their peers who teach in traditional public schools across New York state.